REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
remove comp.os.ms-windows.announce

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup comp.os.ms-windows.announce.


PROCEDURE:

The B8MB plans to begin voting on this proposal after five days. Please
offer any final discussion or comments before the end of this waiting
period. Voting may take up to one week (7 days); a result will be posted
following the end of the voting period.

All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups.proposals.

The full group removal procedure is documented here:

http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.p...licies:rmgroup


SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:

No comments were received.


RATIONALE: remove comp.os.ms-windows.announce

The newsgroup comp.os.ms-windows.announce has not had any approved
messages since March 1998. In April 1998, the moderator announced his
retirement as moderator, and requested that the submission address be
redirected to /dev/null. This notice, inexplicably posted to
rec.bicycles.off-road, said that traffic was light and relatively
little spam was received, but also noted:

OTOH, I imagine readership is also rather low; ftp/web
sites and comp.archives are better anyway. Few tears
would be shed if it just disappeared the way it had a
few months before I took over.


HISTORY:

The newsgroup comp.os.ms-windows.announce was created in March 1992 as
part of a re-organization that also renamed comp.windows.ms to
comp.os.ms-windows.misc and established the first 8 groups in the
comp.os.ms-windows.* sub-hierarchy.

Approvals were fairly steady until March 1998 when the moderator
resigned. There have been no approvals in the 9 subsequent years.


DISTRIBUTION:

This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups
news.groups.proposals
comp.os.ms-windows.announce
comp.os.ms-windows.misc
comp.os.ms-windows.advocacy

The proponent will also post pointers to:

comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc
comp.os.ms-windows.nt.misc
comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.misc
comp.os.ms-windows.apps.misc


CHARTER:

The newsgroup line is:

comp.os.ms-windows.announce Announcements relating to Windows.

The Charter (from the Results posting):

Announcements relating to the Windows environment. This may
include, but is not limited to, Windows software products,
Windows-compatible hardware and any Windows-related conferences and
other events.


PROPONENT:

Jim Riley


CHANGE HISTORY:

2007-02-01 1st RFD
2007-02-12 2nd RFD/LCC